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Construction Building Pathway 3: Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Programme Overview:

Bricklayers build and repair walls inside and outside of properties as well as working on other kinds of brickwork, such as tunnel walls and chimney stacks. The job of a bricklayer is to construct the first shell of a building, whether it is a house, a school, a bridge or any other construction. Without a bricklayer, the building simply does not get made. A good bricklayer makes the walls waterproof, weatherproof and secure because no-one wants to be in a building which is leaky, cold and in danger of being broken into.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Cutting bricks to size using hammers, chisels or power tools.
  • Laying the bricks in horizontal layers (courses).
  • Measuring out the work area and laying the first courses according to the architect’s plans.
  • Mixing mortar, either by hand or with a mixing machine.
  • Spreading mortar evenly to fix the bricks into place.
  • Ensuring that the line of the wall is totally straight and level. For this a spirit level or plumb line may be used.
  • Making access holes in the walls to allow electricians, plumbers and other workers to bring water, electricity and commodities into the building.

Job Roles

Level 2 Intermediate:

Bricklayer:

Working on a construction site, to given specifications, setting out basic structures, building brick and block walling, laying domestic drainage, placing and finishing concrete and render surfaces.

Qualifications

Level 2 Intermediate:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
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